Thursday, December 15, 2011

DATE REMOVED, DATES ADDED

Some years ago I read a book about the music industry which stated that the most important element needed to be successful in this business is momentum. Once you've established momentum in your career it is important to maintain that level of energy, not to let it wain or to overexert yourself and burn out too quickly. Honestly I think I have been guilty of both crimes in the past, but in more recent years I have been making more of an effort to plan things out and maintain a steady arc in my professional dealings, to not bite off more than I can chew at any one time but to not let myself get to lazy or complacent either. 

 
One of my concerns with doing this trip to China was that I would lose some of the momentum I have worked so hard to build up over the last two years in New York. After duking it out at showcase venues and tip-jar joints, we've finally carved out a nice spot at Wicked Willy's in the village playing the first Saturday of the month and really laying down the FUNK like you're supposed to! 

So as it happens, I had to lose one date we had booked there for February. But not wanting to sit on my laurels and let things get stale, I took the initiative of booking two dates for the summertime at Wicked Willy's: June 2nd and August 4th. I am working on getting some dates in July as well, looking at a venue in Pennsylvania and hoping to get something going on in the Boston area once again as well (it's been way too long!) 


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Take a look at the schedule above. It's not much right now, but if I have anything to do with it that schedule will be steadily filling up with dates as time goes by. You can always click on the "Tour Dates" button above to see where and when I'll be performing next. Don't forget to click that big SHARE button too, and let all your friends know you're down with the funk. Hope to be seeing you at a show this summer! 

Monday, December 12, 2011

BACK TO THE FUTURE and READY FOR THE WORLD

So I was back in New England this past weekend. This time I decided to ride in style and rent a vehicle. I'm just not really into breaking down on the side of the highway anymore. You know, it was fun when I was in my 20s and didn't have so much work to do, but it's kind of old now and I just need to get places and do things. I got a Nissan Sentra that proved to be fairly comfortable and far more reliable than my broken down Hyundai. You can see both new and old vehicles in the photo below.


The primary purpose of going back to Boston was to get together with Greg Luttrell and the band to make a video for the Chinese government; apparently they need to see a video of us playing so they will know that we are who we say we are and that we are really musicians and that whole thing... It was really good to see Greg and the guys again and to play with them all again. It's been quite a while, I think the last time this incarnation of the band had played together was when we were in St Barth's back in 2007.

(l to r: me, Jeff Gilman, Tony Hall, Greg Luttrell) 

While back in Massachusetts, the land of my birth, the place where it literally all started for me, I had a chance to meet up and spend time with a lot of good folks, some people who I hadn't seen in many years. I also spent a lot of time just thinking, reflecting. In the six years since leaving the Bay State I have done a lot, seen a lot, had a lot of great (and some not so great) experiences. I feel like I am on the verge of turning a page onto a new chapter in the story of my life right now. I don't know exactly what's going to happen or where I will end up, but I know its going to be great! I'm ready, and I can't hardly wait to see what's in store....   

Thursday, December 8, 2011

WEEKEND UPDATE: NYC, BREAKDOWNS, ETC.

What a week I had last week! It started out lovely - visiting my family in Maine for the Thanksgiving holiday. Then while driving down to visit some friends in Massachusetts, my car breaks down. Thank goodness for my friend Jen who drove all the way up to Amesbury from Tewksbury to pick me up - thanks Jen!

So my car gets fixed and after a nice visit in Mass I made my way down to New York for my gig at Wicked Willy's last Saturday. The car was running good all the way down until I got onto the West Side Highway, and then wouldn't you know it I started having car problems again!

I was able to drive all the way down to the village where I found a great parking spot just around the corner from the venue (of course, I did get a parking ticket because I put the meter receipt upside down on my dash!) I loaded in my gear and spent the evening walking around the neighborhood, I got some slices at my favorite pizzeria in the city (Ben's Pizza on 3rd and MacDougal) and stopped into a few area bars.




The gig was hot! We had an excellent turnout and everyone was jammin'. It was truly a good time, I am so grateful to have found my funky home in New York City at Wicked Willy's! If you look above you will see a picture we took outside before the gig. They didn't come out too great, but fortunately one of my favorite hobbies is taking crappy cell phone pictures and making them look weird in Photo Shop.

After the gig I was fortunate to be able to crash at the apartment of my bass player Ben and his girlfriend Mary - thanks Ben and Mary! I had the car towed to a garage the next morning and took a bus back to Allentown. I think that my car has seen it's final days!



Okay, here's the deal: if you live ANYWHERE in the New York City area, even if you have to drive an hour or so, you have GOT TO come to our FINAL SHOW at WICKED WILLY'S before I leave for CHINA!!! No joke, make it happen, come on down!! You will be SO GLAD that you did!

The gig is on SATURDAY JANUARY 7th at 9PM SHARP!! The venue is located at 149 Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village. I'm telling you - you have got to be at this one!! We'll see you there.

By the way, yes I did get my car back (after paying a pretty hefty bill to a garage in Hell's Kitchen.) I drove it home from NY with no problem, but this morning I went to a meeting with a venue here in the Lehigh Valley (I'm looking to book some shows in this area for the summer - stay tuned for details!) and the clutch started giving out. Damn - anyone know where I can get a decent used car??